The Green Hornet (film)

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 18 February, 2011, 12:00am

Ignore the critics who have trashed The Green Hornet. They were clearly not in the right frame of mind to value a comedic superhero flick by quirky French director Michel Gondry.

The Green Hornet is a superhero in the same vein as Batman. He is Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), a spoiled kid who inherits his father's newspaper empire. Daddy didn't have much time for him growing up, so he grew into a 20-something slacker and party animal.

But when he meets Kato (Jay Chou), an employee of his dad who is a genius in inventions and martial arts, he decides to smarten up his act.

Wanting to do something worthwhile with their lives, the duo become masked crime-fighters, while trying to woo Britt's secretary Lenore (Cameron Diaz). But rather than promote themselves as heroes, they seem to indicate they are the city's biggest criminals - until they meet pistol-toting godfather Chudnofsky (Christoph Waltz).

The action is engaging and exciting, yet never takes itself too seriously. Humour is the focus at all times. The ingenious monster car and exciting fighting scenes offer plenty of 3-D fun. This is a totally enjoyable, laugh-a-minute romp.

Some coarse language